You may or may not have heard a rumor last week that Robert Pattinson was in contention to play Finnick Odair in the upcoming sequel to “The Hunger Games”, since officially titled “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. In the second book by Suzanne Collins, Finnick is one of the Games’ past winners, who, like winners Katniss and Peeta, are forced to participate in yet another Hunger Games, this time facing off against past winners from other districts like Finnick. The role, basically, seems tailor made for Pattinson, and one suspects that’s what the site that originally floated the rumor was counting on.
According to Pattinson, though, he has no idea about the role, and apparently neither does his agent. While over at Cannes, Pattinson finally responded to the rumor, telling USAToday:
I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games. I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent. My agent was like, ‘No.’ (My agent) was like no one’s going to offer you that part. I was like, thanks for the reassurance.
You know, when I think of Robert Pattinson, the product of Barnes, London, for some reason I don’t think of him as some teenage cheerleader from California who uses the words “like” and “literally” in every sentence. Talk about having your mind blown.
Pattinson, currently shilling for the David Cronenberg movie “Cosmopolis” in Cannes, goes on:
David tells me the night before, ‘I’m fully expecting some boos.’ I was literally like, ‘Why are you telling me this?’ I literally didn’t watch one second of the movie, I was waiting for people to walk out. I was expecting a fight.
So yes, “Hunger Games” fans, if you were worried that your precious movie franchise based on a young adult book series was going to cross over with that other movie franchise based on a young adult book series, you can stop fretting now, because it’s not going to happen.
Like, literally, man.